- Allendale County, South Carolina
Infobox U.S. County
county = Allendale County
state = South Carolina
map size = 200
founded = 1919
seat = Allendale | area_total_sq_mi =413
area percentage = 1.06%
census yr = 2000
pop = 11211
web = www.allendalecounty.com
Allendale County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof South Carolina. The 2000 census recorded its population to be 11,211; a 2005 estimate placed the population at 10,917. [ [http://www.census.gov/popest/counties/tables/CO-EST2005-01-45.xls US Census Bureau Data] ] Its county seatis Allendale.GR|6
Allendale County is the location of the
Topper Site, an archeological excavationproviding possible evidence of a pre- Clovis culturedating back 50,000 years. The site is near a source of cherton private land in Martin owned by ClariantCorporation, a Swiss chemical company with a plant there. The site, named after John Topper, a local resident who discovered it, has been under excavation by archeologists from the University of South Carolinafor about one month a year since 1999, after an initial exploratory dig in the mid-1980s.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 413 square miles (1,069 km²), of which, 408 square miles (1,057 km²) of it is land and 4 square miles (11 km²) of it (1.06%) is water.
Allendale is primarily an agricultural rural county. Its primary products are
cotton, soybeans, watermelonand cantaloupe. Timbering is also important, primarily for paper pulp.
Savannah Riverforms the county's western border with Georgia.
Bamberg County, South Carolina- northeast
Colleton County, South Carolina- east
Hampton County, South Carolina- southeast
Screven County, Georgia- southwest
Burke County, Georgia- west
Barnwell County, South Carolina- northwest
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 11,211 people, 3,915 households, and 2,615 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 28 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 4,568 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.00% Black or African American, 27.37% White, 0.12% Asian, 0.09% Native American, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 1.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,915 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.80% were married couples living together, 25.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 30.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the county, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 108.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.5 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $20,898, and the median income for a family was $27,348. Males had a median income of $25,930 versus $20,318 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $11,293. About 28.40% of families and 34.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.10% of those under age 18 and 26.00% of those age 65 or over. [ [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFFacts?_event=&geo_id=05000US45005&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US45%7C05000US45005&_street=&_county=Allendale+County&_cityTown=Allendale+County&_state=&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=050&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=null&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null®=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=&show_2003_tab=&redirect=Y US Census Bureau Demographics Data] ]
* [http://www.allendalecounty.com Allendale County Website]
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